The D.C. Animal Shelter has its hands full placing mutts, so it gives purebred dogs to independent adoption agencies for placement. But what happens when District residents—whose tax dollars pay for the capture, feeding, and neutering of the animals before they are transferred—attempt to adopt the dogs? Charles Brown claims that Rottie Rescue of suburban Maryland refused to let him buy a dog because he lives in D.C. In a letter he wrote to Ward 4 Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis and other city officials, Brown alleges that Judy Marion, owner of the agency, told him that “she did not allow District residents to adopt dogs based on crime statistics…and “reports’ she received that the dogs were originally being used in illegal drug activity.” In his letter, Brown implores the city to stop aligning itself with a business that he says practices “discrimination against an entire geographical region.” Marion claims that she has “no set policy” concerning District residents or anybody else, but refused to specifically address Brown’s allegations.